“I love this city, it’s been good to me. I’ve always wanted to help the people around me and now I have a chance to give back to the community.”

Glen Lerner

Glen Lerner Gives Back

Glen Lerner had a humble upbringing and understands the struggles that can deter people from their dreams. That is why he encourages the lawyers and support staff of his personal injury firm to pursue charitable activities and sponsorship opportunities within the communities where they live and work to help improve the lives of others.With the help of family and friends, great deeds have been achieved through the law firm’s charitable arm Glen Lerner Gives Back in Las Vegas, Pahrump, Phoenix, and Chicago. The law firm’s efforts through Glen Lerner Gives Back assist at-risk children, families and four-legged critters who face daily struggles during these hard economic times.
Charitable organizations they are involved with include:

Click here for an extended list of organizational groups Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys supports.

Glen Lerner Pays it Forward

Glen Lerner feels blessed to have been presented with opportunities that have made him the success that he is today. He believes in paying forward these blessing through acts of gratitude by giving something back to help make a positive community and social changes. Glen Lerner hopes that other business and individuals who can will also get involved and show an interest in making a difference and offering positive contributions within their own communities. Together the power of many joining together can make a difference.

The Real Heroes

Glen Lerner Gives Back spends a significant amount of time in local neighborhoods. The lawyers and support staff of our Chicago personal injury firm are very involved in charitable activities and sponsorship opportunities within the communities where we live and work to help improve the lives of others.
We share conversations over meals and serve side by side with local leaders. We celebrate our neighbors’ victories and support them in their losses. We become advocates for their local community.
As an organization, our Chicago injury law firm never sees ourselves as the answer to a community’s problem or pretend to know it. We come alongside other groups to discover solutions.

We ask questions, we listen attentively, and when appropriate, we respond. We are never “THE” answer but we contribute a small part of the solution whenever possible.

Often the real heroes are the nameless and faceless individuals. These invisible heroes are out in communities making a difference every day. They volunteer to meet the needs of their neighbors.

Many of them do so after working full-time jobs and taking care of their own families. Out of their own pockets, they fund initiatives that meet desperate needs.

You and I may never meet them or hear about their work, but they are out there touching lives and leaving lasting marks in the souls of communities.

Every so often, we are lucky enough to be in the same room with them, and for a brief moment or even a season, we share in their mission and support their work.  On rare occasions, our Chicago personal injury attorneys have the opportunity to tell their story and to bring awareness to the causes that are deep in their hearts.

Our effectiveness in community outreach comes from learning the lessons these real heroes teach.

Mrs. Erin Lausen, Dean of Culture at Piccolo School of Excellence

Mrs. Erin Lausen by day serves on the administration team at Piccolo School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side. The school’s vision is to cultivate a multicultural community that will prepare and educate ALL students with the academic and social skills necessary to be lifelong learners and leaders that will contribute to society.

We were first introduced to Mrs. Lausen by an organization called Triple Threat Mentoring, based in Aurora IL, which runs a program called WINGS. Tom Grace, one of our Chicago personal injury attorneys, served as a volunteer through WINGS program at Piccolo.  It was through this volunteer opportunity that our relationship with the school and Mrs. Lausen began.

Mrs. Lausen not only serves the school as an administrator and a teacher, but also as its 7/8th Grade boys’ basketball coach. Coach Lausen, as she is known to her team, is one of those nameless and faceless individuals that often go beyond the regular job duties to meet students’ needs.

After full days of work and sometimes even on weekends, Mrs. Lausen is often found coaching her basketball team and helping them create new opportunities that the game of basketball can offer.

Coach Lausen understands that the lessons she teaches on the court are often transferable to the players’ day-to-day lives. She helps the students understand that basketball is not just about a game, but a metaphor for life itself.

Without people like Coach Lausen, these boys would not have the extra-curricular opportunities they now enjoy. The practices, clinics, and games that she leads faithfully help the students learn discipline and stay focused in school.

Glen Lerner Gives Back is honored to tell the story of our West Side hero and friend, Mrs. Erin Lausen.

Hope Defined

Hope Defined

Being injured in an accident often leaves a victim traumatized and in the need of a Chicago personal injury lawyer. After seeing a billboard, watching a commercial on television, or by the recommendation of a friend or loved one, our clients come to us in physical and emotional pain and our attorneys are ready to help.

Hope is about trust

Once the person makes that first call and we determine we can help, our Chicago personal injury firm commits to providing the best legal representation available and simultaneously activates the full force of our personnel and our resources. The person hangs up the phone knowing that he or she is in good hands.

Our commitment to exceptional legal representation is an important objective but not the only objective in this client/firm relationship.

Hope is about partnerships that create opportunities

We understand that a majority of our personal injury clients come from broken homes and underserved Chicago communities which lack basic resources.  For many of them the slogan “In a wreck, need a check” is a timely message and a possible solution to very real and immediate needs.

As a neighbor and a business in these same struggling communities, we have committed our personal injury firm to stand in solidarity with other groups and meet some of these needs.

One of our partners serving the Chicago Woodlawn neighborhood is Hope Works Community Development.  Since 2014, Hope Works is doing all they can to help individuals get back to work.

Their staff and volunteers work one-on-one to design specific solutions to long-term unemployment in a community where 41 percent make less than $15,000 per year and 32 percent meet the federal standards for “severely impoverished”. www.hopeworkschicago.org.

Hope is embodied in small acts of kindness

Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys staff became partners of hope by collecting donations of gently used business clothing and shoes for the Hope Works Community Development clients.  Our Chicago personal injury lawyers understand that something as simple as a clothing drive can serve as the starting point in someone’s journey out of hopelessness.

Hope can change the world

Jerome’s Story

Jerome came to his first appointment at Hope Works with an interview scheduled for later that week. He was hopeful about the interview but wanted some help preparing for it as well as with applying for other positions.

When his Community Advocate asked him if he had clothes for his interview, Jerome mentioned that he had just moved to town and didn’t have many clothes with him. We were able to find him a new shirt and pants but didn’t have shoes in his size.

Another client was in a meeting at the same time and overheard what was going on. He realized that they were the same size of shoes and offered to give Garvin a pair of his own shoes. Garvin left his meeting with clothes for his interview, transportation so that he didn’t have to walk for 2 miles, and a renewed sense of hope!

David’s Story

David has been working with us for the last eight months. He has a good amount of experience doing security work, and has gotten two unsuccessful interviews since we started working with him. He recently received an interview for a local grocery store and when he was asked what he was going to wear, he was reluctant to tell his Community Advocate.

Upon hearing that Hope Works had clothes that he could have for his interview he asked to look at them. He tried on a shirt that he liked along with the blue jeans that he had come in with. He asked his advocate if it would be appropriate to wear the jeans to an interview.

When he was told that it wasn’t, he was able to find a pair of slacks that he could wear to the interview. He asked multiple times if the clothes were free and if he could keep them. He left his meeting with enhanced interview skills and an outfit to wear for his upcoming interview!

 

The Value of Relationship in the Community

Glen Lerner Gives Back community outreach program firmly believes in power of our relationships with neighbor and local community groups and the strength that each relationship provides to the projects and events we sponsor.

For example, last November we met with CAPS officer Sabrina King of The Chicago Police Department District 9 at an event in Morgan Park to help provide families with Thanksgiving dinner in Southside Chicago.

The event, which also partnered with 45 other organizations including the Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army, was able to provide over 1,000 different families with complete Thanksgiving meals.

This success was largely due to the awareness of Officer King that some of the seniors and shut-ins in her district would miss out on this great chance if delivery was not offered, Officer King took action upon herself. So with the help of her partner, Officer Clark registered the families and delivered the food baskets to their homes personally. Without their help, families would have missed out who were in desperate need of food during the holidays.

Though it has been almost five months since our first introduction to Officer King, we have continued to remain in contact and meet frequently in order to coordinate future community outreach events.

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